The International Paralympic Committee has today determined the sporting programme for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Sailing and 7-a-side football have been removed from the programme. The full IPC press release is here
This is hugely disappointing news for the sport of disabled sailing worldwide, for British Sailing Team athletes who are already working hard towards Tokyo, and is a loss to the Paralympic Games itself as sailing provides a unique element to the sporting programme.
We will be discussing with ISAF Disabled Sailing Committee as to how we might support them if there is any further recourse to be had, as we understand that there are currently only 22 out of a maximum possible 23 sports on the programme for Tokyo 2020.
In the meantime we’ll be doing all we can to get our teams on the podium for Rio 2016.